HOUSTON - Two people were taken into custody Wednesday following a chase and officer-involved shooting in southwest Houston, according to police.
One person was taken to an area hospital after he was shot by an officer at a Burger King in the 9600 block of Bissonnet Street, police said. He has been identified as Dahani Davis and he is expected to survive his injuries.
Video captured by Marquéz Harris showed the moment four shots were fired at the Burger King and Davis was apprehended by authorities.
Houston police said 11-year veteran David Baskin and six-year veteran James Baker discharged their weapons during the incident.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the entire incident started when the two people carjacked a black Honda at 6:50 a.m. at Bissonet and Kirkwood.
"These guys carjacked someone this morning," Acevedo said. "What a way to start your day, with some fool putting a gun to your head."
He said the Westside crime division has been aware of a rash of carjackings, and at 2:58 p.m., they spotted the stolen vehicle.
The chief said officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the carjackers kept going, which led to a chase that lasted less than five minutes.
A witness said she saw the chase.
"Going northbound on the feeder road -- that's when we saw them come speed around and hit the curb. It blew a tire," Deanne Murphy said.
Both tires on the vehicle police were chasing were blown out.
Police said the first person was taken into custody at 9901 Club Creek Drive.
“The driver was taken into custody without incident," Acevedo said. "He was armed. Guess what? He complied. He went to jail."
After being arrested, he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. His current condition is unknown.
Acevedo said officers were looking for the second person, a 23-year-old man they spotted at a Burger King, about a block away on the north side of Bissonnet on the other side of 59.
Authorities said while on the run, the man attempted to carjack a woman and her two teen daughters while they were at the Burger King drive-thru.
“He opened the car to the door and said, 'Get out' and pointed the gun at this woman," Acevedo said. "This woman, realizing that she had her daughter in the car, tried to stall because she was in fear for her daughters' safety and took her time getting out."
Houston police said the suspect tried to get in the car but didn’t know how to drive a stick shift and got frustrated.
When he turned the corner, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, along with an HPD officer, saw him and told him to drop the gun.
When he didn’t, police fired several rounds.
“He ran inside Burger King that was occupied with employees and customers (and) terrorized them with (a) gun in hand,” Acevedo said. “They were in pursuit of him inside that restaurant. He ran, came back out through the door (and) was engaged by our officers from the Westside Crime Suppression Team.”
"I was scared," said Imaria Babers, who ran inside the restaurant. "I didn't know what to do. I was panicking. I just froze. When I seen the gun, I didn’t know what to do, so I froze, and my friend was like, 'Come inside.' We start seeing him behind Burger King, and a family of the mother and two daughters start running and crying, and then we heard gunshots."
Police shot the man at least once in the leg, and Acevedo said the officers immediately rendered aid and the entire incident was caught on their body cameras.
The second suspect was seen in Sky 2 video lying on the ground as police searched him. A gun and knife were spotted as they were thrown from near the suspect as he was apprehended.
He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. Houston police said officials will release his information Thursday and it’s unclear what charges he'll face.
Acevedo raised his voice and became impassioned during Wednesday night’s news conference criticizing the judicial system.
He said the 23-year-old man police shot was out on deferred adjudication -- in other words, probation -- for a prior armed robbery.
“I have been talking to the mother of two daughters who had been terrorized this afternoon by a guy on three years deferred adjudication for armed robbery -- and people want to know why we have a problem," Acevedo said. "Her 15-year-old daughters had a gun pointed in their face. Our community deserves better. Our cops deserve better.”
The chief, along with Houston Police Officers Union President Joe Gamaldi, have been very vocal about the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and believe repeat offenders are not receiving tough enough punishments.
KPRC Channel 2 News reached out to the DA’s office for a statement.
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